WATCH: Ricciardo Left in Disbelief As He Finds Out the Impact of Verstappen’s F1 Crash

Published 07/19/2021, 5:30 AM EDT
Daniel Ricciardo of Australia and Red Bull Racing and Max Verstappen of Netherlands and Red Bull Racing walk during previews to the Formula One Grand Prix of China at Shanghai International Circuit on April 6, 2017 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)


Daniel Ricciardo was a great teammate to Max Verstappen during their time as teammates. But the Australian has proven to be an even better friend.

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While being interviewed post-race, the McLaren driver interrupted the interviewer and immediately wanted to know how Verstappen was doing. He was relieved to find out that Max wasn’t hurt and was taken to the hospital for further examination.

Ricciardo cuts an interview midway to ask about Verstappen

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The Aussie was aware that Max had a huge crash as he was battling Lewis Hamilton for the lead. However, the odds weren’t the Dutch driver’s favor, and soon found himself in the firewall.

Meanwhile, Ricciardo cross the line in fifth place and brought home some crucial points for his team. Being asked about his race, he intervened and asked, “So, Any news on Max? He’s okay?”

The reporter told him that he was alright and was sent to the hospital as he suffered a 51G impact. On hearing this, Ricciardo was left shock, and said, “Okay that’s big.”

Being told that Jos, Max‘s father said he is fine, the Aussie replied, “okay good good. That was a big impact, fastest corner on the track so good to know.”

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Team Principal of the Milton-Keynes based out, Christian Horner wasn’t in the best of moods after Verstappen was taken out of the race. However, Horner was grateful to see his driver walk out of the wreckage without any major injuries.

Post the British Grand Prix, Horner said, “He had a 51G accident. Thank God he walked away. That’s the biggest positive that we’ve have today. So yes, just relieved to see him, he’s in the medical centre, but he’s walked in there on his own doing a 30-minute precautionary check but hopefully, so far so good.”

Formula One F1 – British Grand Prix – Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone, Britain – July 18, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton and Red Bull’s Max Verstappen during the race REUTERS/Peter Cziborra

“He was massively winded. That’s a hell of relief to see him get out because that corner is one of the fastest on the calendar. It was completely out of order to stick a wheel up the inside there,” Horner concluded.

Horner & Co. are certainly disappointed not to bag maximum points from Silverstone but are grateful that Verstappen survived such a horrible accident.

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Arpit Gomes

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Arpit Gomes is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his Journalism degree from Xavier’s Institute, he is a big fan of McLaren and their driver Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo. Arpit always looks forward to the paddock moving to Spa and drivers dealing with the exciting Eau Rouge corner as well the straight at Monza.

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